How To Find Ubuntu One Ubuntuone In Menu After Synaptics Install – Linux

Solved Fix : Cannot Find Ubuntu One Ubuntuone In Menu After Synaptics Install – Linux


I installed Unbuntu One again on another machine (I’m using Linux Mint 15 at the moment)

Every time I install it, I keep forgetting this critical part… so I will make a blog post about it :D

So when you install Ubuntu One Client (unbuntuone) from Synaptics sometimes you cannot find it in the menu.

solution / fix : be sure to also install from Synaptics:


hope this helps you.

If you don’t have Ubuntu One try it out it is a cloud storage service like Drop Box…

use my referral links for either/or both

Ubuntu One:


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How To Install .deb files in Linux Mint Debian Edition LMDE

How To Install .deb files in Linux Mint Debian Edition:

1. Install: gdebi

2. Locate the file you want to install.

3. Write click -> properties -> copy and paste location (paste it in a text file) then copy and paste the name of the file (name_of_file.deb)

4. or CTRl+L (to show text based location bar in the folder and copy from there instead)

5. Open Terminal. Type or copy:

sudo gdebi /location/name_of_file.deb


sudo gdebi /home/me/Downloads/boxee-

Hope this helps.

Linux Mint 10 Julia RC : Notes and Review

Notes and Review on Linux Mint 10 Julia RC

The following are notes that I was writing as I was installing and tested Linux Mint 10 Julia RC. It will serve as my review:

To see what it looks like and read the new features: Linux Mint 10 Julia RC: What’s New

The installer is really good looking and sleek (big thumbs up) the only problem I found was when clicking my locations I typed “central” and didn’t know what else to do until a pop up came up (Which took a while) and I clicked Central (USA) but the text didn’t change so if there could be more notification that would be great like the text changes to reflect what you selected. Under “Manage your photos” It would be nice to state that Gimp is included as a more powerful option for image editing. The color choices (a nuetral brownish grey bar on top)for the installer slide show was also pleasant.

Might I suggest adding OpenShot Video Editor to the default installed programs it would be a great addition it would be a great “selling” point to add to the slideshow to be able to do Video editing out of the box like ( Movie Maker or iMovie?).I think. I also feel the same about Audacity for audio editing. especially now that a lot of people edit for YouTube and their home movies. Also since the Linux Mint community has a Podcast: mintCast, might I suggest installing Gpodder by default? As this can get new users to discover other Linux related Podcast. I know Rythmbox allows for podcasts but you have to manually input them where as Gpodder you get a list of podcasts and can discover more you never new about also, you can manage subscriptions online and sync them. I know size is an issue but I think these programs are worthy and the “marketing” potential are great to increase the user base. I am in no way suggesting removing Rythmbox as I use it as my music player. But would like Gpodder installed as well.

I like the new look although some people have suggested it is a bit Mac-ky (I’ve never owned a mac so couldn’t really tell you). But it is a nice break from so much green. It was much needed as I found myself wanting to change my themes on my other systems (LM9 and LMDE). So from my point of view I think it was a good move.

I think LM should also install the stand alone Prism web-apps for Gmail. Like Peppermint Linux does with Gmail. By the way, when I create WebApps with Prism the default icons look so awful (I know this has nothing to do with Linux Mint-just thinking out loud). By the way to get the WebApps that you create to work just right click and change the permissions under properties to “Allow executing file as program”

“Welcome to Linux Mint” screen: It is much improved the decision to use icons and the icons chosen was a good one. The “Upgrade to DVD version” Is a very smart choice given the reasons stated in the “New Features” documentation page ( I did receive an error stating that “Some of the packages could not be retrieved from the server(s)…” I didn’t know if I should ignore the packages or not. Would I be able to get them later? Would it interfere with the system if I didn’t get them? The first pop up I received was for Sun-Java License: there was a Check box with the question: “Do you accept the DLJ license terms? Maybe this should say “Yes, I accept the DLJ License terms.” (I’m not sure if this is an LM issue?)

I like the new menu button. I didn’t much care for the LM logo being there for some reason it just didn’t look right. This is much better even the green highlight when you click on it looks better :)

The Icons in the pop up menus I also really like. But, I really don’t like the folders in the home directory. The home one on the desktop is fine but the ones in the folder the images on the folders themselves seem to be the problem, the folders themselves are fine I wonder if there is a way to make the center image more like the “house” on the home folder to keep a more unified look?

I preferred the look of the old Calculator. I would really like the old look back. gcalctool 5.32.2 is the one running in LMDE (and it looks good) in LM10 its gcalctool 5.32.0. I could not find an easy way through the calculator options to change the look. Seriously I can’t get over the calculator..I use it alot.

I really didn’t like the buttons in Synaptic Package Manager the ones on top are fine but the ones on the lower left hand side are not. At all. They are too old and dated.

Recently I started using the awesome menu search feature to launch apps. I’ve only used Windows before and didn’t have this option (I’m  not sure about now since I haven’t used windows since vista) But I was so happy to be able to find what I was looking for so fast and easy without going through so many clicks or any for that matter. (Windows key -> start typing -> down or up arrow to select -> enter = me, very happy.

Now the LM team has added Google Search and Wiki search to the menu search bar and I have been using it and it is very convenient for the way I work. I also like the way LM has easy options for the Menu. This way I just use the “Windows” key on my keyboard to quickly open the menu, and start typing. I really like the convenience.

* the default keyboard shortcut for mint menu is CRTL+Super (Super = windows key) to change it so only your windows key is used: Right Click Menu -> Preferences-> Under Keyboard shortcut type: Super_L -> click: Alt+Ctrl+Backspace. ( adding the _L will get only the left windows key work _R for the right) I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time.

The new icon set is so much better and modern. This is great. The only problem was that well known programs like Gimp should have their well known icon’s. All the icons looked good the only ones that didn’t seem to fit where: Gimp, Accessories, Dictionary and the VLC I think Having the cone(a bit larger) without the grey back would have been a better choice I think.

I tested this on my desktop so I do not know if wifi works out of the box (it usually does for me though).

My speakers where muted by default for some reason. I did have issues with the audio in LM9 raising and lowering the audio was not smooth it was either too loud or too soft never just right. It seems to be fixed here.

I haven’t tested the audio in terms of recording sound.

As you can see my issues so far have been minor. The Linux Mint team in my opinion are doing something so right.

remember these are just my opinions and I really love what the Linux Mint team are doing. They out did themselves again here. Congratulations to them for such a fine job.

Also, keep in mind alot of this stuff might change by the final release as I am just reviewing the RC (Release Candidate) of Linux Mint 10 Julia.

DropBox Not working in Linux Mint 9 [Solved]

I tried to install mint-dropbox but I couldn’t get it to work. I uninstalled it and downloaded the one from the dropbox site  and it acted like it was installing but would never quite install. I uninstalled it again but this time I followed the instructions I found here:

mint-dropbox does not properly install or uninstall. If you have tried to use mint-dropbox instead of nautilus-dropbox from the Dropbox site you will need to delete the .dropbox-dist folder from your home directory.

So that is what I did. I went into my home folder and viewed hidden files found the ‘.dropbox-dist’ folder and deleted it then reinstalled the one downloaded from the dropbox site and all is well…

Download, Convert / Extract Audio from YouTube #Linux

Download, Convert/Extract Audio from YouTube videos in Linux.

Why would you want to? Well, I use it when I see some “How-To” videos that I want to keep and watch later or make DVD’s later. I also use it to get Audio files from videos such as speeches, conference talks etc. I also like meditative nature sounds…as well as long walks on the beach… okay then…

Anyway, you may have your own reasons and this is the easiest way I found to do it.

What you need all obtainable from Synaptic Package Manager except the extension (link provided):

  • Firefox web browser
  • Firefox extension: Video DownloadHelper  4.7.3 or newer found here:
  • To convert to audio (mp3 etc.) get ‘ffmpeg‘ (use FFMpeg as the converter with DowbloadHelper when asked) also get the audio codec: ‘Lame’
  • Install ‘Easytag’ to edit the the id3 tags of the files so your audio players can identify them correctly.

Now got to go get me a margareta for my walk…and wait for dusk….find a beach…wait for it to stop raining… never mind to much work :reaches for media player with “nature sounds”:

Linux Mint 9 “Isadora” Review

Saw this in the Austin Chronicle last week…very cool. Discount Electronics in Austin preloading Linux Mint.

So I’ve installed Linux Mint 9 on all my systems two desktops and an Acer Aspire One. I Have a large monitor that I was having trouble with the resolution size in LM8 and it has been corrected with LM9 and I am happy.

I am still testing out the OS and this is just a post to remind you that you should go try it out. I have not experienced any real issues yet. Although I’ve yet to set up my printers and recording software so I’m not too sure how the audio will behave for me. I was happy to see the little wi-fi light on my Acer Aspire One working, little thing but I was happy.

I liked that it had the usb creator loaded by default and I was able to set the installation up on a usb drive very easily and without hassle. As always with Mint there was no need to install anything (video/audio plugins etc) at all so I was able to watch videos on youtube without having to do anything myself which I still feel I need to mention for those haven’t tried mint yet but are used to other distros where you have to install those things manually before you can enjoy flash/video content etc.

I was a bit disappointed that the  over all look of the system didn’t get a refreshing design “face lift” that usually makes the experience way better. I do love eye candy after all and I hope this gets addressed in the next release.

I wonder if the word “Mint” is too limiting as is the color scheme? It could be just me though. Outsourcing some of the artwork was a great idea and I hope they keep it up. Maybe even do the same for a new icon set? Just an idea. I thought the login in screen in LM7 was great now, not so much… But the look is still better than other distro’s. I like the info graphics that scrolled as it was installed letting one know what was new etc.  good improvement.

I like the new Software Manager and Mint Update as well way better than the previous ones. The look and functionality is much better in my opinion.

Ipod was detected on plug in and accessed with Rhythmbox (which is installed by default) . My WD My Passport External 1TB drive detected.

How I love having an active community driven OS that doesn’t give me a headache troubleshooting problems as I try to get work done. Thank you Linux Mint/Ubuntu Teams and the respective Communities for making this a more positive and enjoyable experience.

Anyway I still have stuff to set up and experience and I’ll write about it soon.

check it out:

Why You Should Replace Linux Mint Google Search in Firefox

I recently was did an important search using the default custom Linux Mint Google search on my computer and I was not happy at all. First of all I realized that the search was inadequate and disappointing. I noticed that it was so filtered that it crippled my research as the results where horrendous.

I figured this out because someone asked me to “just Google” them and well I got nothing in return. I let them know and they freaked out and did a search and reported back to me that I’m crazy they are definitely listed. So I went to and did the search from there and true, they where there! I felt somewhat cheated.

I understand that Linux Mint get financial help from having this custom Google search but I value my information and it seems a bit censored to me. So I found a solution to easily change it without messing with any computer files at all. It is an easy fix done all in Firefox.

How To Do it:

-> FireFox Search Bar  -> drop down menu select  -> Manage Search Engines -> Get More Search Engines -> Search for “Google Language EN” -> Install it.

As the post said it will give you all the functionality you should expect from Google without totally replacing the option of occasionally using the Linux Mint Custom search to help out the developers.


It was pointed out to me in the comments that there is an issue with the suggestion query option (auto suggestions as you type) in that it was not showing results I have tested the following extension and has fixed this for me. If you have a similarly named search engine already you will see a pop up during install all you have to go into “manage search engines” as stated above and remove the original search engine and try again. You can find the Google search engine with suggestion query option here:

It wouldn’t hurt if you do this option to do as the poster did and donate to Linux Mint.

You can find the original post where I found the solution here

Backupify: Free Account Giveaway

Sign up to Backupify before Jan.31st to take advantage of the free account giveaway apparently those accounts will remain free forever. A freemium model will be introduced an the free service will change. I heard it on net@night 135 podcast.

So if your interested sign up now. It backs up you accounts like Gmail, Google Docs, Flickr, Wordprees etc. I just signed up as I have alot of those accounts and I never thought about backing them up but in the podcast they give some examples of why it is a good idea.

Just thought I’d share this in case someone else was interested.

Scanners w/ Permission Problems to Work Linux Mint: A Work Around.

I have had problems with setting up my scanner in Linux Mint 8 in 7 it was relatively easy to fix but since it seems that files are replaced or changed in each release it is never sure if it will work.

This time around I have been doing research to see why this keeps happening and why it seems to break after an upgrade.

I found posts in 2004 which seemed to be dealing with the same thing at first I thought it was an xsane problem but the deeper I searched I came to the conclusion that it was a scanner permission problem and it may only affect printer /scanners combos especially the ones that have media card readers built in.  But I’m not totally certain of this.

apparently scanners are not being placed in scanner groups. I was able to access the scanner with multiple programs using root. I haven’t been able to figure out how to set up group named scanner.

The resulting images where locked and needed root access to open and edit.

A work around

until I figure out how to fix it as I am in need of something scanned ASAP.

Open xsane with root:

in terminal type:
sudo xsane

when prompted type in your password ( you will not see any characters ) click enter

scan your image

The problem that I had after the scan was that the resulting images also had to be accessed by root (they had a lock and an x)

I placed the images in the pictures folder
I right clicked the pictures folder and chose ‘open as root’
then I was able to edit them in gimp I saved the files
the resulting files that where created still had a lock on them but I was able to view and edit them
I was able to take the lock off by right clicking in image view and saving the image again ( I saved in a different location)

well I hope this helps someone else and I hope someone figures out an easy fix for this problem that has apparently existed for a while. The solutions that I found either haven’t helped or are too complicated.